South Rim View , © Pixabay – werner22brigitte
Visit Grand Canyon Village
Visit Grand Canyon Village to start your South Rim adventure. The park service offers lodging in the village, including El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Maswik Lodge and more. The Grand Canyon Visitor Information Center is located here too. So is the National Geographic Visitor Center and the Grand Canyon Railway station.
South Kaibab Trail, © Pixabay – skeeze
Visit Grand Canyon – South Rim Trail
You can walk along the South Rim trail or take the South Rim free shuttle to various view points when you visit Grand Canyon Village. Yavapai Point has an observation station and the Yavapai Geology Museum. At Mather Point, the park service operates an amphitheater for nature talks. You can also head west from Grand Canyon Village to Hopi Point and Hermit’s Rest on Hermit Road.
Bright Angel Suspension Bridge, © Can Stock / Pancaketom
Colorado River Hike
Only about 5% of visitors hike down to the Colorado River. Start a Colorado River Hike from either of two spots on the South Rim. The Bright Angel Trail is the most popular and safest route down, because it offers some shade and water is available. Bright Angel Trail starts in Grand Canyon Village. Allow about 4 hours down this Colorado River hike, but plan to take nearly twice as long to return. You can also take the South Rim free shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead and then hike down to the Colorado River. Some people make their Colorado River hike down one trail and then come back up the other.
Mule Ride, © Pixabay- jrslocum0
When you reach the Colorado River, you can walk across the Kaibab Suspension Bridge of the Bright Angel Suspension Bridge to the Phantom Ranch on the other side. Stay overnight and then either return to the South Rim or hike up the North Kaibob Trail to the North Rim Visitor Center the next day.
If you aren’t up to the strenuous hike, try a canyon mule ride down to the Colorado River or along the South Rim Trail. Don’t feel like a Colorado River hike? Catch all the views in comfort on a Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride. Want even more adventure? Go Colorado River Rafting.
South Rim Viewpoint, © Pixabay – skeeze
South Rim Free Shuttle
The park service operates several South Rim free shuttles from Grand Canyon Village. From March through November, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles, but you can ride the South Rim free shuttle Red route to get there. Yaki Point and the South Kaibob Trailhead are closed to private vehicles year round, but you can ride the South Rim free shuttle Orange route to reach these spots.
The Blue route South Rim free shuttle stops at various locations in Grand Canyon Village. From March through September, you can avoid parking problems in Grand Canyon Village by taking the free South Rim shuttle from the town of Tusayan.
South Kaibab Trail, © Pixabay- skeeze
Visit Grand Canyon – Hotels
- Holiday Inn Express in Tusayan near the Park
- South Rim National Park Lodges – El Tovar, Bright Angel, Kachina, Thunderbird, Maswik, Yavapai, Phantom Ranch and Trailer Village. These are administered by Xanterra.
- Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim.